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    Detroit Tigers fans making mad dash for outfield seats in anticipation of Miguel Cabrera’s 500th homer

    Detroit — Miguel Cabrera has Tigers fans reaching for their closest credit card.

    In the hours since arguably Detroit’s greatest slugger ever belted career home run No. 499 in Baltimore on Wednesday night, and after manager AJ Hinch announced Thursday that Cabrera wouldn’t play in the series finale, setting him up to possibly hit No. 500 this weekend or next week at home at Comerica Park, ticket prices, particularly for outfield seats, have surged amid demand the rebuilding Tigers haven’t seen in years.

    Tickets for seats in the outfield — where fans can be in position to possibly catch the 500th ball, which could prove quite lucrative, or at least very valuable barter to get some swag from Cabrera in a trade — for Friday, Saturday and Sunday games against the Cleveland Indians were running between $45 and $55 as of Thursday afternoon. Normal prices are in the $27 range.

    The Tigers, like many sports teams, use dynamic pricing when setting ticket prices, meaning they rise when the demand is strong, and fall when demand is low — as it typically has been in 2021 and the last several years, excluding the fan-less 2020 season.

    Tickets in the right-field outfield sections — so many of Cabrera’s homers are hit the opposite way — seem to be most coveted among fans. As of early Thursday afternoon, for the four sections closest to the foul pole, there were no tickets available in the first 20 rows, only four singles available in the first 23 rows, only two singles available in the first 17 rows and only 10 singles available in the first 18 rows, respectively.

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